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>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's friday, november 9th. president assad says he will live and die in syria. he dismissed rumors he will leave his country and warned against any military intervention. he says he is staying where he is and a foreign intervention would lead to a catastrophe. >> it will have a domino affect. >> government and opposition forces have not let up in their fact. the rebels fired at the presidential palace in damascus on wednesday where assad is believed to be staying. >>> japanese lead esers are concerned about the number of ships from china's waters to the east sea. chinese ships started to appear in japanese waters on a regular basis in september just after japan nationalized three of the century senkaku islands. >>> chinese leaders are taking part in a process that's highly control and highly secretive. the meeting happens every five years. delegates will approve new policies and appoint leaders for the five years to come. >> reporter: the congress opened thursday morning in beijing's great hall of the people. it's about
. >>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." asia pacific leaders set their sights on an ambition goal, creating a trading block with an output of $20 trillion. a total population of about 3.4 billion people. the leaders of 16 countries have agreed to start negotiations in the new year. the heads of the association of southeast asian nations met in cambodia's capital. the leaders of six regional partners including japan, china, and india joined them at the summit. they issued a joint kmun ka that said they hope to reach agreement by the end of 2015. leader from japan, china, and south korea agreed to start talking on a free trade agreement of their own. they said they would put aside the territorial disputes between japan and the two other nations. japanese officials want to ease restrictions to give them more access to their neighbor's economies. chinese and south korean officials have already begun talks on a free trade deal between their countries. now negotiators involved in discussions for another free trade zone in the asia pacific say they hope to conclude an
reaffirmed egypt's commitment to the palestinian cause and a need for just resolution. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton helped negotiate the deal. she promised to work with partners in the region. the israeli military killed about 160 palestinians during the conflict. palestinian militants fired rockets from the gaza strip that killed five israelis. prime minister netanyahu said the right thing is to reach a lasting cease-fire but he warned of a wider military operation if security was threatened. hamas leader mashau warned his forces would resume attacks if israel broke the truce. >>> people in jerusalem are wondering if the cease-fire will hold. cohey sue gee has covered the middle east for years. he was in gaza on the first day of the offensive. kohei, why did the two sides agree to this truce? >> reporter: well, thousands of rockets have been fired since israeli forces withdrew from gaza in 2005. the israelis seemed to have come to the conclusion that they succeed the in reducing the ability of hamas to attack. and i think the influence of the u.s. contributed to bringing a
the u.s. he said american official leaders have promised to minimize the global consequences of official tightening. >>> president barack obama and mitt romney are making their final pitches before americans head to the polls. obama visited three swing states. he told a crowd in wisconsin that romney would resurrect the republican policies of four years ago and preserve tax cuts for the wealthy. >> it's a choice between returning to the top down policies that crashed our economy or a future that's built on providing opportunity to everybody and growing a strong middle class. >> romney also campaigned in swing states. he told an audience in florida that obama had failed to deliver on promises to reduce the economic burden on americans. >> tomorrow we begin a new tomorrow. tomorrow we begin a better tomorrow. this nation is going to begin to change for the better tomorrow. >> the latest poll from abc news and the washington post suggests 50% of likely voters will cast their ballots for obama. 47% for romney. polls indicate a close race in eight states. some suggest the candidates are runni
activists have insisted that forces have been using bombs in their civil war. now opposition activists say the pilots have dropped one on a playground. they say the air strike killed ten children. opposition forces captured an air base on sunday near damascus. government troops responded with air attacks on towns around the bay. one fighter jet bombed the playground in a village east of the capital. video shows what appeared to be the shell of a cluster bomb and canisters of smaller bombs. cluster bombs scatter over a wide area increasing casualties. syrian officials have not signed the agreement. the international group human rights watch reported last month that government forces had used the bombs. government officials say they don't have such weapons. >>> some scientists warn only drastic cuts in emissions of greenhouse cases will save the environment. they're trying to come up with a new frame work to reduce emissions. representatives of developed and developing nations remain divided over how to move forward. >>> delegates are trying to figure out what to do after the protocol expire
to continue using something called the clean development mechanism. it allows rich countries to earn carbon off sets by providing funds and technology to poor nations to help them reduce their emissions. >>> the people in charge of the site of the world's worst nuclear accident say they have taken a big step in cleaning it up. workers have raised part of a permanent shelter around a reactor at the nuclear plant in chernobyl. the area around the plant is highly contaminated. the workers raised an arched section that will surround the destroyed unit. the number 4 reactor was covered with a concrete and metal structure after the explosion in 1986. the so-called stone coffin deteriorated and could release radioactive substances. they began believe the new shelter in april to go around it. it is 250 meters wide and 105 meters high. government officials say engineers designed the structure to last for 100 years. workers are scheduled to complete the project in 2015. they have to minimize their exposure to radiation. japan, the united states, and europe are providing financial support. project man
effort. >> it will be the first loan in almost 26 years. they will use it to refurbish a power plant. they plan to invest in the commercial economic zone. japan's government will extend the loans in february of next year. they promise to make the country more attractive to foreign investors. >>> expecters in japan are hoping they will be able to shift more of their products to neighboring countries. exporters need any help they can get. >> not only that they are struggling against trade barriers and they are hoping one may be on the way because japan and south china will start trade talks. trade officials from the nations will meet on the sidelines. the delegates are japan strait minister, china's commerce minister and trade negotiator. the ministers agreed in may during talks in beijing to begin negotiations by year end. it took them a while to deliver on their promise due to disputes between japan and the two neighbors. japanese leaders are aiming to build on the fda talks to improve ties with china and south korea. the ten member association of southeast asian nations including ja
and rocket fire killed more than 160 palestinians and 5 israelis. >>> south koreans will soon >>> the u.s. ambassador is used to defending her foreign policy decisions. susan rice has broken her silence to defend herself. she's a candidate for secretary of state but she's faced scrutiny because of comments she made on the attack in benghazi, libya. rice made a tv appearance immediately after the september 11th attack. she suggested protests in benghazi over a u.s.-made film that mocked the prophet mohammed triggered the assault on the consulate. investigators later determined it was likely a premeditated plot by extremists. the attackers killed the ambassador and three other americans. rice broke her silence wednesday in response to rising criticism from members of the republican party. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary. and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> republican lawmakers are mounting a campaign against a possible plan by president barack o
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